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Is your toilet leaking and costing you money?

Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:13 Comments Off on Is your toilet leaking and costing you money?

If your toilet was slowly leaking, would you know it?  And that if it was, it could cost you an extra $400 or so dollars a year?  I am probably guessing you can think of a lot of things you’d rather do with that $400 than pour it into your toilet!

Fortunately, it will cost you next to nothing to check and see if your toilet has a leak, because remember, you can’t hear all leaks (such as if the toilet is “running”).

First, you need to have clean, clear water, if you use a toilet cleaning solution that leaves the water in the bowl green, it will be very hard to to tell if there is a leak.  After flushing the toilet, and it has completely stopped running, put about 4-5 drops of food coloring into the toilet tank.  Leave it for 15 minutes and come back.  Can you see any of the dye in the bowl of the toilet, or did all the color remain in the tank?  If you see dye in the bowl, you have a slow leak and should get it fixed by a plumber, so you don’t keep sending all that extra water down the toilet.

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Reuse windshield wipers instead of replacing them

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 13:01 Comments Off on Reuse windshield wipers instead of replacing them

How often once your car windows start getting that streaky action going on that you force yourself to go spend the money on replacing your windshield wiper blades, because it is unsafe when they aren’t doing the job sweeping the rain off the windshield?

Next time, before you go and replace them – or suffer through them – try cleaning them first to remove the gunk off them that cause that streakiness to happen.  Here is how to clean windshield wiper blades.

And while you are at it, and especially since freezing weather is just around the corner, use this easy spray bottle recipe to prevent frost from forming on your windshield overnight.

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